Sunday, January 14, 2007

Still iced in. Poor son, it's tough to be 16 and cooped up for 4 days with 2 50-year-old parents. Especially when you've just gotten your driver's license. But I'm sure he'll survive.

I've gotten a lot of reading and knitting done. Yesterday I finished Scandalous Risks by Susan Howatch. Sometimes the books in that series seem interminable, but I still keep reading. I'm also reading Revolution by George Barna and Judge and Jury by James Patterson. I've got 3 or 4 books waiting for me at the library, but I can't get there to pick them up. Even if I could, it's closed because of the weather anyway. Guess I'll have to content myself with the backlog of reading I've got piled up around the house.

And if that's not enough, there's always knitting. I finished a new scarf from Reynold's Blizzrd yarn. It's a really soft, cozy alpaca/wool mix that I just love. I made one scarf for my daughter for Christmas and one for myself. But, I ended up giving mine to a friend of mine whose husband died suddenly so I guess I'll keep this one for myself. I'll probably pick up another couple of skeins next Saturday when I go to my LYS for my first Victorian Lace class.

I also finished another prayer shawl. I know that a lot of people look down on Lion Brand's Homespun as a cheap yarn, but it really makes nice prayer shawls and since they're given to people who may or may not care about the fine points of caring for wool, being washable is a big plus. And it has a really comforting feel to it. Last year, I made prayer shawls for all my graduating seniors, and I started doing it again this year. Of course, I may not still be here when they graduate--in fact I hope I'm not, and I'm not really close to most of these seniors anyway, but I still like to always keep a shawl on my needles. People are always in need of prayer and concern, and of tangible tokens of God's and God's people's love and care for them.

The only problem I have now is that the only knitting I have in progress right now is my first pair of socks. I got down to shaping the heel in my first class, and I've just about knitted the second pair to that point as well. Then I'll have to decide to try and figure it out on my own or to put it aside until the next class.